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Judith of Bethulia - Full Length Play, Comedy

Judith of Bethulia

Charles Busch

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Full Length Play, Comedy

6m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573700941

Judith of Bethulia is an outrageous celebration of Hollywood biblical epics such as The Ten Commandments and Samson and Delilah. From the creator of Psycho Beach Party and The Divine Sister.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Parody / Spoof

90 minutes

Time Period - Greek; Roman & Biblical

Settings Of Play - The ancient city of Bethulia

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Physical Comedy

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Opportunity for Spectacle

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TAGS

Friendship, War

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Imagine the outrageous Mae West in a Cecil B. DeMille biblical epic. Judith, a beautiful, wealthy young widow, is reviled by her own people as a gold digging adventuress. When her ancient city of Bethulia is facing brutal annihilation, Judith, wearing her most glittering finery, slips into the enemy camp, seduces and ultimately decapitates the ruthless General Holofernes. This wild homage to the Hollywood movie epic is the latest trip to the cinematic past by the author of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and The Divine Sister.

REVIEWS

“[A playwright of] extensive good humor, skill and wicked comic daring.” - The Village Voice

“Mr. Busch is a first-class satirist and farceur.” - The New Yorker


Judith of Bethulia was first produced by Theater for the New City in their Cino Theater, in New York City on March 30, 2012. It was directed by Carl Andress.

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Characters

CASTING

6m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Drag performance, Flexible casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

The role of Judith was originally played by the author, Charles Busch. It is not necessary for this role to be played by a man in drag. The role must be played by a skilled comic performer.

JUDITH
ARGA
HOLOFERNES
NATHAN/LEPER/CITIZEN #1
URDAMANI/STARVING MAN
NAOMI
SIMON/LEPER/CITIZEN #2
OZIAS/MORDECHAI
THOR/CAPTAIN
CONAN/CAPTAIN #2
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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Charles Busch

Charles Busch

Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, which ran five years and is one of the longest running plays in Off-Broadway history. His play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ran for 777 performances on Broadway and won Mr. Busch the Outer Circle Critics John Gassner Award and received a Tony ... view full profile

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